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Carter Wilson

The Comfort of Black

The Comfort of Black

Though they seem to have everything, Hannah Parks has watched her husband, Dallin, become increasingly distant. Her hope is buoyed when the couple decides to start a family, but what Dallin reveals in his sleep one night rocks Hannah to her core. As she starts to investigate a much darker side of Dallin than she ever knew existed, Hannah peels away the layers of a diseased relationship closely tied to her own abusive past. When Dallin attempts to have Hannah abducted, she is forced to run, doing so with the aid of a man named Black—an ex-con and expert at helping people disappear. Together they must keep Hannah safe from her husband's far-reaching grasp, all the while trying to solve the mystery behind Dallin's sudden violence. Does Hannah's dark family history hold the key to her survival?

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  • 2016 Colorado Book Awards Winner (Thriller category)
  • 2016 International Book Awards Winner (Mystery/Suspense category)
  • 2016 National Indie Excellence Award Winner (Suspense category)
  • 2016 RONE Award Finalist (Suspense category)

"...outstanding paranoid thriller...a series of shattering, Philip K. Dickian revelations that would rock anyone's personal security."
   —Publishers Weekly, starred review (read the full review)

"Wilson's (Final Crossing; The Boy in the Woods) third novel takes off at breakneck speed and doesn't stop until its jolting conclusion. Gritty, unflinching, and sometimes violent, this thriller is reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and the television series The Equalizer. The characters are intriguing and the writing deliciously descriptive. Adrenaline junkies and fans of darker crime fiction will take to this book, which is compelling and exciting enough to be read in one sitting."
   —Library Journal, starred review (read the full review)

"Here's a thriller that thrills, a mystery that mystifies."

"There is no doubt in this reviewer's mind that Wilson is right up there—if not beyond—to James Patterson and Stephen King. The Comfort of Black is edgy, completely absorbing, and a definite must read by all."
   —The U.S. Review of Books

"From the very first shocking, irreverent and chilling line you know The Comfort of Black is a knock-your-socks-off- thriller."
   —NYTimes Bestselling author, M.J. Rose

"The Comfort of Black flat out grabbed me by the throat—in the best possible sense. Wilson expertly maps the moral complexities of siblings and spouses, dysfunctional families and conspiracies that raise the bar for crime thrillers. It all funnels into a symphony of Shakespearian violence wherein the author defies the odds and demonstrates a perfect sense of balance. This is an astonishing performance."
   —Edward Bryant, Nebula and American Mystery Award-winning writer of While She Was Out

Oceanview Publishing, August 2015, hardcover, ISBN-13: 978-1608091294